Report: #286081

Complaint Review: TNT Shipping Sony Vaio Laptop, 2.0 GHz Core 2 Duo, 2 GB Ram, Mint Condition - $520 Wolverhampton

  • Submitted: Wed, November 21, 2007
  • Updated: Thu, May 06, 2010
  • Reported By: Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
  • TNT Shipping Sony Vaio Laptop, 2.0 GHz Core 2 Duo, 2 GB Ram, Mint Condition - $520 Wolverhampton
    214 Bowery Street
    United Kingdom

TNT Shipping Sony Vaio Laptop, 2.0 GHz Core 2 Duo, 2 GB Ram, Mint Condition - $520 Scam through Wolverhampton United Kingdom

*Consumer Suggestion: avoid TNT scams via UK

*Consumer Suggestion: Just to be clear...

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I originally saw the e-mail for a Sony Vaio Laptop on It said the location was Chicago. This is the e-mail I was sent back:

I still have the laptop. The laptop was made to be used in USA, it is 3 months old and it comes with 9 months of warranty.
I have attached some pics with the laptop to this e-mail. I am now in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom.
Since I can't meet you and make the exchange, I would like to use a service that will help us with that:

TNT is a worldwide delivery company (like Fedex, DHL or UPS). You can see from their procedure that you will be able to check the laptop before I receive the payment. If you are in a hurry, I will use 2 day delivery (on my expense).

Let me know what you think.

Susan '

I gave her my name & address information and she responded back w/this e-mail: 'Hi

I went to TNT today. The guys from TNT told me that they will send the laptop to their technical department for inspection and then they will notify you. They will also notify you with the instructions you need to complete your end of the deal. Please complete your end as soon as you can and keep me posted.


Before getting her e-mail, I received an e-mail from TNT Shipping: ' Please quote this Number
if you have an enquiry.

Tracking Number: 116476300
Important TNT Payment Instructions/Shipment Details
Please read the Instructions carefully.
Click here to track your package: Tracking

Dear TNT Customer,

We have your package in our custody.

Description of goods: 1 x Sony Vaio VGN-AR290G Laptop Computer
Sender of package ( Seller ): Susan Sonnenfeld
Receiver of package ( Buyer ): (my name)

Delivery Address:

City / State: Chicago, IL
Zip(City Code):
Country: USA

Delivery Type: TNT Express 2nd Day Delivery - After the Payment is received and verified by TNT
Amount to be paid by the Buyer: USD $520.00

Payment Instructions - Receiver of the Payment - Derek Oppenheim

The payment must be made through Western Union Money Transfer to the Name of the TNT Agent who is in charge with this transaction - Derek Oppenheim using the Money in Minutes Service from Western Union.

Important Note: The Payment must be made at one of Western Union's Agent Locations, in person by the Buyer. The payment must not be made using Western Union's Send Money Online Service due to the high Credit Card fraud risk. We will not confirm any payments made online.

You must go to a Western Union Agent Location and make a Money Transfer to the Name of the TNT Agent who is responsible with this transaction - Stanley Creighton.

In order to complete the Money Transfer using the Money in Minutes Service you will need the Payment Details of our TNT Agent:

Please make your Money Transfer payable to:

First Name: Stanley
Last Name: Creighton
Address: 214 Bowery Street
City: Wolverhampton
Zip(City Code): S22 1TF
Country: United Kingdom

After you complete the payment you need to send the Payment Information for verification to our Payment Department at their e-mail address: TNT On-Line Payment Service

The Payment Information that you need to send to us for verification are:
- MTCN - Money Transfer Control Number (the MTCN is the 10-digit number located on your Western Union Confirmation Receipt)
- Sender's Name and Sender's Address - (the name Name and Address of the Sender of the Western Union Money Transfer)
- Amount Transferred - (the amount transferred)

Important Note! Please read: we cannot collect the Western Union Money Transfer without the Payment Information. Please send us the Payment Information after you complete the Payment.

Please read our TNT Payment Privacy Policy to learn our payment release and payment refund conditions.

1.The Payment will be sent to the Seller by TNT only after you receive the package, check the merchandise and if you are completely satisfied with it. Only then you will instruct us to release the Payment to the Seller.
2.TNT acts as a third party holding at the same time the merchandise and the Payment.
3. After the merchandise is received by the Buyer, the Buyer will have up to 21 days depending on the nature of the merchandise to review the merchandise.
For transaction No. 116476300 the inspection time is 5 ( five ) business days.
a) If the Buyer decides to keep the merchandise the Buyer will instruct TNT to release the funds to the Seller.
b) If for any reason the Buyer does not want to keep the merchandise, the Buyer will ask TNT for a refund.
The refund procedure is very simple, the Buyer will receive the money from TNT through Bank to Bank Wire Transfer, or by Check or by Western Union Money Transfer.
The refund method is at the Buyer's choice.

Thank you for using TNT
John Scales - TNT Customer Department

Wolverhampton Depot
214 Bowery Street
S22 1TF
Customer Department
General Manager: Robert Kay
Email: TNT On-Line Customer Service

Intellectual and other property rights to the information contained in this site are held by TNT Holding B.V. with all rights reserved 2007

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#1 Consumer Suggestion

avoid TNT scams via UK

AUTHOR: Ezekiel - (United States of America)

Avoid this scam for underpriced merchandise shipped from the UK to the US via TNT. Here is the scam attempt I received -- this person is still active fishing for suckers:

Hi, I am getting back to you regarding the 15" MacBook Pro from Craigslist

My name is Arianna and I am now in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom.
I am selling the 15" MacBook Pro, with 2.2 Ghz Core 2 Duo, 2 Gb memory, 220 Gb HD for $300 USD. I have attached some pics so you can see the condition of the laptop.
The laptop is still available and I hope you are still interested.This Macbook Pro was ordered brand new directly from Apple on Feb, 2008.
About the laptop I can say it is in good shape, no scratches, no dents as you can see from the pics I've sent. Included in the $300 price is everything the laptop came with when it was new.
The laptop is here with me.
I tried to be as thorough as I could with the presentation so you can have all the info if you decide to go ahead and buy it.
I have used the laptop mostly for internet browsing and presentations, so I would say it has been only lightly used.
The laptop has the Leopard and Vista OS, the iLife 09 and the MS Office with the original recovery disks included.
One more thing, the laptop is an US version and it works on the US power and plug system so you do not need a converter to use it in the US.

Please get back to me and let me know if you like the laptop if you're really interested in buying it.


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#2 Consumer Suggestion

Just to be clear...

AUTHOR: Edgeman - (U.S.A.)

TNT is not ripping this person off, a scammer is.

I saw a Canon XL-2 camcorder on and sent an email to the seller about it. This was the reply:


I still have the camera.

This Canon XL2 is in mint condition. Everything has been tested and is in perfect working condition. The lens is protected by UV filter. It had only a few hours of use.
Canon XL2 NTSC Camcorder Body
Canon 20X Optical Zoom Lens XL 5.4-108mm L IS
Canon Color Viewfinder with LCD
Canon Stereo Microphone
Canon Lens Hood
Canon Lens Cap
Canon Carrying Strap
Canon CA-920 Battery Charger
(2) Canon X-Large Battery Pack BP-945
Canon DC Coupler
S-Video Cable
Mounting Bracket Adapter
Canon WL-D4000 Remote
Canon XL2 Manual

My name is Sarah Barker and I am now in Manchester, United Kingdom.
I hope you are still interested and we can make the deal happen right away.
Obviously we need a safe way to complete this deal that will allow us to make sure we receive what we are after. I have found a way for us to complete the deal fast (3 days) and easy.
The solution is a worldwide delivery company called TNT. TNT is similar to Fedex, DHL or UPS and they will provide assistance in hadling the payment and delivery of the camera.
With this procedure I will only receive the payment for the camera after you will receive it and see that it is just like I said it is.

Like I said, I will pay for a 2 days delivery so you will receive the camera right away.
Let me know what you think.


I knew it was a scam right away. Remember kiddies, Western Union and Moneygram are terrible ways to send payments to strangers. The person picking up the money can disappear.
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